The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has challenged Nashville to lower its rate of uninsured citizens.
Through the Healthy Communities Challenge, HHS will tally the numbers of new marketplace sign-ups at the end of the third enrollment period, which began this month.
Tennessee has dropped its adult uninsured rate from 16.8 percent in 2013 to 12.9 percent in the first half of this year, but 104,000 people in Nashville and the surrounding region are still uninsured and eligible for marketplace plans, according to a release.
Twenty cities in 19 states will be compared to see which community made the most progress in reducing the rate of the uninsured during the period, and President Barack Obama will visit the winning city.
A Vanderbilt University engineering student has founded MetaMap BioWorks, a biotechnology company that has developed an X-ray-like tool for cells.
Lara Jazmin, who just completed her Ph.D. in chemical engineering, and associate professor Jamey Young are moving forward with their company with support from the Vanderbilt Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization. The company's metabolic flux analysis — or "X-ray" — allows researchers to pinpoint biochemical reaction pathways.
"Researchers don't know which pathways are efficient or bottlenecks or which byproducts might be produced," Jazmin said. "Our technology uncovers were bottlenecks or wasteful side pathways may be occurring."
The company was also selected for the National Science Foundation's I-Corps program and the Association of University Technology Managers' Fishbowl Fights competition, where Jazmin and Young recently won $1,500. For more info on their venture, click here.
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